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Human Trafficking: SOC 404/472/473/6710/6750

In this guide you will find links to information to assist you with your Human Trafficking course. Information provided includes links to related databases, encyclopedias, journals and websites. In addition, there is also helpful information on evaluating

General Information about this Guide and Human Trafficking

Use this guide to gain knowledge of the issue of human trafficking and access pertinent resources relating to the issue of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is the trade of persons for some purpose, usually criminal. Persons are trafficked primarily for sexual exploitation, labor, or as organ donors.

Human trafficking is not limited to a particular area or region of the world.

  • Domestic Trafficking occurs within the borders of the United States
  • Foreign Trafficking takes places within the borders of a country, not including the United States
  • International Trafficking is trafficking of persons across multiple countries' borders

Human Trafficking Research Tips

Identifying Credible Resources Tutorial


"Trafficking involves the movement of persons to exploit their labor. Trafficking in persons is a form of slavery and encompasses debt bondage, peonage, and involuntary servitude. Historically, trafficking of women and children was associated with the capture of young women and girls for forced prostitution." (Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work, 2006)

This topic also intersects with many other issues. Here are a few related topics that could be explored as a way to focus a topic (for example: labor migration and human trafficking):

  • immigration
  • prostitution/sex work
  • labor migration
  • child labor
  • globalization
  • poverty

U.S. Department of State: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Click on the link above for 15 ideas to consider, including these:

Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees, among others.

If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, report your suspicions to law enforcement by calling 911 or the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline line at 1-888-373-7888. Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

Be a conscientious and informed consumer.

Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Request that human trafficking be included in university curricula.

Cite this Library Guide

Wilmington University Library. (2020, August). SOC 404/PSY 416 - Human trafficking.


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